Veneering a column, restoration of an english regency rosewood center table.

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We received a restoration at the workshop, Antique Refinishers, San Diego, and the column had been re-veneered with contact cement and the wrong wood.

As it was a neat project and it is the second time we are veneering columns (see my post on our Biedermeier table project) in the last 2 months, we decided to do a video on this project and try to get people to consider veneering columns as it is a neat trick.

Patrick Edwards did the veneering using the technique he developed. You can find in a December 2004 article on Fine woodworking No. 173, but we decided to do a video as it is better than pictures. It is slightly less than 30 minutes long, but has lots of info and filmed almost real time.

I redid the gilding which was gone and add a little wear to it

Let me know what you think and if you would like us to do more videos!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 10:58 PM

First of all to answer your question…....
The restoration is lovely and exactly what I would expect from you so “great work” on that one.

As for the video, many thanks. Patrick, you are such a good teacher.
I have had veneering a column or columns in this manner on my to do list for a couple of years since reading your blog on it and discussing it with you at class but this moves it up on the list. There would have been several more “learning opportunities” involved in my first attempt without it. I feel quite confident after seeing this video that I will have it come out well the first time. Now all I need is a project that requires a column.

I liked the out-takes too Patrice. You should leave them in. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 11:18 PM

Great topic and really good video. I’ve already ordered my Rep bands… and I don’t even have a column to veneer. I’ll think of something. The Biedermeier table looks marvelous, too.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 11:27 PM

Thanks guys.

Yes majority said to leave the out-takes in, so we did.

I am preparing a video on reversibility with different aspect of it and veneering a column will be part of it as we use the reversibility to reopen the veneer and create a seem.

Let me know if you have more ideas.

And Roger show us some column veneering it is quiet fun to do.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 12:03 AM

Well guys, you are going to have to draw something with columns in it! You have enough imagination and talent to do it. It is fairly easy and very low tech.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 12:57 AM

Beautiful restoration, admirable craftsmanship. The video is very informative & interesting, thank you for sharing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 10:13 AM

Thanks for a most informative lesson. These videos are really helpful, especially for those of us who may not have the opportunity to see the process in person. So, yes please, let’s have some more when you have the chance.
A couple of quick questions.
. Did you use the strongest grade of REP Band?
. What sort of paper did you use on the preparation board?


-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 10:39 AM

I went shopping for “rep Bands” but our local Chemist had none went to a Sports Store and the Assistants did not know of the product, that was until I described it and sure enough there was a similar product, but only 5ft lenghts,we looked around for a 50ft box but to no avail.

Looks like the internet will be a good shopping location next.

I wonderered how long it would be until Paul and Roger picked up on the posts !!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 05:07 PM

Thanks everyone.

Jim, we used the strongest REP band, the plum, level 5. Yes internet is the best solution for the bulk like that. for the paperback we use the european grade 90 gr. ribbed kraft paper, which is sold in the us only in art stores. I haven’t tried the american kraft paper as it ca be difficult to obtain a nice stretch but it is doable.

What price could we bet for Paul and Roger.

With my english being what it is, if I do not wnat to spend my day at the compute I do more pictures than words, Patrick does more words than pictures, so you may find interested to have a look at his blog on the subject

-- Patrice lejeune

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 08:41 PM

Thanks for the great video. The subject is something I am just started getting into and I need all the help I can get. Yes, please more videos when you can. I like Old Brown Glue, which is a lot easier to use than Hide glue.

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